The Murder Garden by Alice Castle #BookReview #BooksOnTour #TheMurderGarden #CozyMystery #Series #NetGalley @AliceMCastle @Bookouture #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Murder Garden by Alice Castle, published by Bookouture.


A winding path leads past the beautiful begonias to an overhanging oak tree. But underneath, a deadly secret is hiding…

Beth Haldane cradles a warm cup of tea and admires the view of crisp, red autumn leaves scattering the lawn of her little garden. But the peace and quiet is interrupted when her loyal pet pooch sniffs out something suspicious. At the bottom of a freshly-dug hole is a bone: and it looks worryingly human.

Even for a mystery-loving amateur sleuth like Beth, the discovery of a body beneath her own lawn is a little too close for comfort. But when the police insist that she must know something about the remains, digging up the truth herself is Beth’s only option.

With gossip flying all around Dulwich Village, Beth has her work cut out to find the culprit. Could a local cat-sitter, with keys to every home on the street, have been involved? Is her ex-actress neighbour a little too good at acting innocent? And was a whispered secret at a dinner party meant to point Beth in the right direction?

Scouring her garden for missed clues, when Beth discovers a shining silver engraved coin she’s certain it will lead to the victim’s identity. But the arrival of a threatening anonymous message sends chills down her spine… can Beth find a killer hiding in plain sight, before she’s the one pushing up daisies?

The last thing you would expect to find in your garden is a dead body under the lawn! But this the predicament that our amateur sleuth Beth Haldane finds herself in when undertaking some construction to her home.

Castle brings to the table another fun read that see’s Beth caught up in the case after the police assume she must know something about the body considering it was found on her property. So what’s a girl to do but to conduct her own investigation to uncover the identity of the killer.

Even though this is only the second book I have read from the series, I was excited to be back with Beth and the cast of colourful characters. The mystery kept me on my toes and it all came together in a satisfying outcome. All round I found The Murder Garden a very enjoyable and entertaining read and I look forward to reading more of the series.

Thank you to Alice Castle, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Murder Garden, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Amazon Australia, US & UK. I will also add to, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available.


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Follow the tour along the way for these bloggers thoughts about this book. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this books on tour and for the promotional materials.


Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph.

Alice is an avid reader of crime fiction, her favourite stories are cozy crimes with a strong sense of place. When she couldn’t find a series about her beloved south London, she decided to write her own – and single mum amateur sleuth Beth Haldane was born.

Alice also writes twisty psychological thrillers for HQ Digital under the name A.M. Castle. The Perfect Widow was a top selling audiobook in 2019 and The Invitation hit the top 50 on Amazon UK in 2021. Alice lives with her two children and two cats and, if she isn’t writing or reading a whodunit, she’ll be watching one on telly.



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2 thoughts on “The Murder Garden by Alice Castle #BookReview #BooksOnTour #TheMurderGarden #CozyMystery #Series #NetGalley @AliceMCastle @Bookouture #onceuponatimebookreviews”

  1. Hi Marnie, thanks so much for this lovely review, I’m so glad you enjoyed The Murder Garden 🙂


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